HINTON, Iowa (KCAU) – He started his own worm business in Siouxland after coming out of a coma. Worm Works Fertilizers is a one-man operation; Neil Hines has spent countless hours turning what he calls an expensive hobby into a business.
Raising worms is something Hines started doing to rehabilitate after spending a lot of time in the hospital.
“I was in a coma, and when I came out, I was very weak and I needed some physical activity to get back muscle mass. Each one of these pails was right at the weight limit I could lift, so I started getting really into it, really enjoyed it,” he said.
Hines has been making and selling plant superfood with the help of worms.
“Then I had to put it on hold for a while because my wife had cancer and passed away, but now I’m back at it and having fun doing it,” said Hines.
A workout, a hobby, and a business, all in one.
“It’s not just taking care of the worms, there is also the prep and then the final when I have to bag each one. It’s very labor intensive but I enjoy doing it. It’s fun and I’m really happy about showing other people what it can do for them,” Hines said.
Hines takes great care monitoring the heat, food, and compost given to his worms. Knowing they are relying on him helps keep him going.
“It’s helped immensely, and I feel just being outside, staying active really helps my mental end of it also. For the longest time, I didn’t want to do anything and once I got active again, I feel better and I can do more,” said Hines.
Hines said that despite all the hardships in his life, he’s happy with what he’s been able to accomplish. Each pot of worms he raises has 250 worms in it and he has 365 pots. That’s more than 90,000 worms in all.